Annie Proulx: The Shipping News

(1370 words)
  • Aliki Varvogli (University of Dundee)

Annie Proulx’s second novel, The Shipping News, was published in 1994, and it remains her best known and most highly acclaimed novel to date. It won the National Book Award for Fiction, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and it was also made into a film. The book tells the story of Quoyle, an anti-hero who moves from New York to Newfoundland in search of his family roots and inner peace, and who against the odds does achieve some measure of success and happiness. Along the way, he meets a large cast of oddly-named eccentric characters, overcomes his fear of water and his crippling sense of insecurity, while also finding a job that he enjoys for the first time, not to mention t…

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Varvogli, Aliki. "The Shipping News". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 February 2005
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